BUFORD, Ga. (AP) Authorities say a Decatur man has drowned at
Lake Lanier, the fifth such death in eight days.
A spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Rick Lavender, says 49-year-old Michael Abram was fishing Saturday
afternoon with friends near Holiday Marina in Buford when he decided to leave the boat and go swimming.
Lavender says Abram, who was not wearing a life jacket, disappeared in the water. Rescue workers found his body some 20 to 30 miles off shore in water 12 feet deep.
Seven people have been reported drowned in Lake Lanier so far this year. That's one short of the total for all of 2007.